Time to Resurface the Pool?

by / Friday, 18 August 2017 / Published in Blog, Pool News
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Just like your kitchen floor, or house roofing, the surface of your swimming pool wears out. Wear and tear is unavoidable because the pool is exposed to pressure, freeze cycles and antiseptic chemicals over long periods of time.

So, your pool needs resurfacing once every few years. But, the real question here is, “When is it time to resurface the pool?”

Does your pool have a rough texture?

If the surface of the pool feels rougher than it should be, it is time to resurface. The rough texture is an indicator that the concrete or the original plaster is starting to show. Such deterioration of the pool surface is not good since the rough surface can cut and injure the skin.

Are you noticing any stains on the pool floor and walls?

Stains on the surface of the pool are another indicator that pool resurfacing is required. Pool stains are not always a structural issue, but they are annoying. These stains are caused by algae, leaves, natural debris, chemicals, and minerals.

Of course, there are more modest ways of dealing with stains. Most people prefer acid washing. However, this method can only work for so long. If other methods do not work, and the stains grow in number and size, pool resurfacing may be the only option.

Is the pool leaking?

A worn-out pool does not hold water for long. You will often find yourself wondering: Did I not just add water to this pool like a day ago? Cracks on the surface of the pool are some of the reasons for pool leaks. Small cracks can be treated with silicone, pool putty, or plaster mix. But if the cracks are deep and many, resurfacing the pool is the better option.

Is cleaning the pool proving difficult?

The worn-out surface of the pool makes cleaning the pool a difficult task. Also, the exposed concrete makes it difficult to balance the pH levels.  The unbalanced pH further deteriorates the surface.

When was the last time you resurfaced the pool?

The wear and tear on the pool surface are dependent on chemicals, exposure to harsh weather conditions, and usage. So, it is difficult to predict how long a pool surface should last. But, from experience, most residential pools require resurfacing once every eight to ten years.

Often, the first indicator will be staining. Using stain removers will help, but not for long. Procrastinating pool resurfacing may result in permanent damage to the swimming pool.

Pool resurfacing is for the experts

Now that you have established your pool needs resurfacing, what is the next step? Search for swimming pool maintenance companies in your area. A pool maintenance company will inspect the pool, the drainage, pumps, and replace filters. Then they will recommend the best solution, which in the case of an old pool can be resurfacing or a complete renovation.

Please note that pool resurfacing is not a DIY thing. It takes more than 4 hours for a professional pool crew to resurface a 40,000-gallon pool. If it is not done the right way, bond failure, etching, and crazing are all possible outcomes.

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